NO: multiple remote developers

Doug Easterbrook doug at
Sun Aug 14 00:38:14 UTC 2022

hi Rob:

why do you want to access from a single machine in the office?   I’m hearing an implication here of security (ad it sounds like you are using some remote access software).

its not really scaleable unless you go for something like remote desktop server on a windows machine - since thats one of the few software solutions that let mujltiple people loginto the same box remotely.

On the other hand, why not just develop at home on the home computer.

I suspect the issue is the VCS and how to get to it.

 if you:

use some VPN software to connect to your router (or a server on you router). 
we’ve been using openvpn ( for years - and its free
all you need to do is set up the VPN software in your router
decent routers usually support openvpn (since it is kind of a standard) 
we use pfsense in our server racks — and thats what our VPN’s currently talk to
my asus will support it. 
and once that is done, just connect to your VCS
(postgres works fine),
you only need to allow ‘local’ ip addresses — i.e. those within the local network since the VPN software gets assigned a local up address
you don’t have to open any special ports in the router

if you d’t want to use openvpn and are using mac’s, then you van set up VPN connections within ’networking’

that’s how I’d do it ….     so everybody can develop locally on their machine, with some local database and just check in their changes to the VCS. (it you could use the git repository/json export)  

Doug Easterbrook
Arts Management Systems Ltd.
mailto:doug at
Phone (403) 650-1978

> On Aug 13, 2022, at 4:35 AM, Rob Mostyn <mostyn at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I’m sure there are others who have tackled this before.
> Graham and I have been working remotely now for about 2 years and everything has been working so far but I suspect not optimally.  Further to this, I am considering taking on another developer.
> Infrastructure:
> 	office network available from a fixed IP
> 	VPN access to network
> 	a machine, that used to be Graham’s workstation (iMac 27”), available to connect to
> 		this machine is also the office file server and SVN server
> Graham has commented that most of his work is done from his old workstation in the office, connected from his personal computer at home (instead of developing on his computer at home).
> The iMac supports only one connected person at a time and I would like to extend this infrastructure to accommodate myself and any other developers who join the team.  Each dev would have their own local database for development.
> How can I extend this to multiple developers, preferably from a single machine in the office?
> TIA,
> Rob Mostyn
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